No register sex sites
Registration laws should be narrowed in scope and duration.
Publicly accessible online registries should be eliminated, and community notification should be accomplished solely by law enforcement officials.
Promoting public safety by holding offenders accountable and by instituting effective crime prevention measures is a core governmental obligation.
The evidence is overwhelming, as detailed in this report, that these laws cause great harm to the people subject to them.
Even assuming some public safety benefit, however, the laws can be reformed to reduce their adverse effects without compromising that benefit.So-called "Megan's Laws" establish public access to registry information, primarily by mandating the creation of online registries that provide a former offender's criminal history, current photograph, current address, and other information such as place of employment.In many states everyone who is required to register is included on the online registry.Corinne Carey, former researcher for the US Program, undertook the original research for this report.The report was written by Sarah Tofte with the assistance of Jamie Fellner, director of the US Program, who also edited the report. Patrick Vinck, director of the Berkeley-Tulane Initiative on Vulnerable Populations at the Human Rights Center, University of California-Berkeley, tabulated the data for Human Rights Watch's study of North Carolina's online sex offender registry.